A Message of Solidarity from the Philippine Human Rights Information Center
Volume 22 Number 4
Tuesday, 19 January 2010 15:15
A Salute to the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) on its 15th National Convention

The Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights) salutes the officers, members, staff and supporters of the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines, on the occasion of its 15th National Convention.
One of the earliest human rights NGOs with a glorious history of commitment to the promotion of human rights in the country, the TFDP has consistently been in the forefront of the struggle for justice and respect for human dignity particularly of political prisoners and other fellow Filipinos who dared stand up against discrimination, tyranny and oppression. Its unwavering and steadfast conviction and untarnished record have established it as a reputable human rights organization, gaining both national and international recognition. In the midst of the harsh socio-political environment aggravated by the war against terror, neoliberal policies and a corrupt system of governance confronting the Filipino people, the state of human rights in the country is expected to further deteriorate. The escalation of human rights violations, i.e. civil and political economic, social and cultural makes the work of TFDP all the more necessary and relevant. Documenting human rights violations, assisting the victims and their families seek justice, and conducting human rights education becomes doubly critical and important.

While it stands firm and resolute on its extensive and rich experiences in human rights work, TFDP can only move towards further contributing to the advancement of the human rights movement and empowerment of peoples and communities. It can serve as a positive infectious agent by untiringly networking, guiding and inspiring other NGOs and POs within and outside the human rights community.

Through the years of struggle since martial law period, TFDP has stood for courage, perseverance and commitment in the defense and promotion of human rights, particularly of the impoverished and marginalized. Problems, difficulties and challenges are here to stay, but these are the very conditions that will make TFDP stronger and strive harder in pursuing its mission, vision and goals.

The choice of the theme “Defending Human Rights, Working for Justice, and Building Peace in the Midst of War and Corruption” for the 15th National Convention is most appropriate and captures the nature of the socio-political landscape the country is faced at present. This important gathering of its officers, members and allies is timely and called for in order to consolidate and muster all efforts and support in addressing the numerous human rights violations and issues that confront the Filipino people.

Mabuhay ang TFDP!
Mabuhay ang lahat ng magigiting nitong pinuno, miembro, staff at kaalyado.

Dr. Nymia Pimentel-Simbulan
Executive Director
November 18, 2008

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